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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Halloween | 0 comments

5 Ways to Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Halloween is a favorite holiday for a lot of Americans. However, it can also be a very wasteful holiday and not always that eco-friendly. This year let’s all try to do our part and make our Halloween a little more eco-friendly. Here are 5 simple tips you can do to ensure you are doing your part to have an eco-friendly Halloween.

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1. Recycle What You Own

We all get the urge to run out and buy the latest costume or Halloween decorations. However, spend some time looking at what you already own, you might be surprised at what you can use. Instead of buying trick-or-treating buckets, use grocery bags or pillow cases. I’m sure most of us can remember trick-or-treating with pillow cases.

2. DIY Decorations & Costumes

When it comes to decorations and costumes the prices can be a little overwhelming. Halloween is an expensive holiday and if you’re not careful you can easily break your budget. This Halloween make it a point to make your own costumes and decorations. Doing some DIY projects is a great way to save some money and do a fun project with the kids.

You can make just about any costume you desire. Just take a few minutes looking over Pinterest and you will see an endless amount of costume and decorations you can do yourself.

3. Provide Organic Treats

One of the easiest ways to have an eco-friendly Halloween is to provide organic treats. Take a visit to any health food store like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or a health food section in your location grocery store and you will find a wide selection of organic candy. Serving organic Halloween candy will allow you to give your trick-or-treaters candy that is free from chemicals and other unhealthy dyes.

4. Conserve Energy

People love to decorate their homes for all the different holidays, especially Halloween. Decorating your home for Halloween takes a lot of electricity if you are using lights or other electrical decorations. You can ensure you are conserving and having an eco-friendly Halloween by using LED lighting. You should also set all of your electric decorations on a timer to ensure they are not running all night long. Set your decorations to come on around 7:45 pm and turn off around 11 pm. You should also take down all of your Halloween decorations the day after Halloween, as there is no reason to use electricity on decorations for a holiday that is already over.

5. Skip The Car

There are always those neighborhoods that are known for giving out the best candy! It can be very tempting to load up the kids and drive around town to hit the best candy spots, but that takes up a lot of gas! This year make it a point to do all of your trick-or-treating in your local neighborhood. Doing this will save you on gas and give your family a little bit of exercise.

Guest blogger Melissa King is a Savings.com DealPro and founder of ThisMommySavesMoney.com, a website dedicated to sharing the best deals, honest reviews, and advice with moms from around the country and Military bases overseas. 

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